Cricket has a documented history dating back to the late 16th century.
It originated in southeast England, became a national sport in the 18th century, and expanded globally in the 19th and 20th centuries.
International matches have been played since the nineteenth century, with formal Test cricket matches dating back to 1877.
After association football, cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport (soccer).
Cricket is governed internationally by the [International Cricket Council (ICC),] which has over one hundred countries and territories as members, though only twelve currently play Test cricket.
The rules of the game are outlined in the "Laws of Cricket."
The game has several formats, ranging from one-day cricket to multi-day cricket.